Coif Your Morale

Ellen Langer, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and author of “Counter-Clockwise,” studied women, ages 27 to 83, as they got a cut, color, or both, and found that 45 percent of them believed they looked younger afterward. But it gets even better! Judges who saw before-and-after images of all the women consistently rated this group as more youthful in their “after” shots, even though the pictures were cropped so the hair didn’t show. “My research has shown how offering choices or making a subtle change can improve your outlook and, therefore, your well-being,” said Dr. Langer. The idea is simply that because the mind and body are so inextricably linked, that when working together, expectations are fulfilled. Small changes can make a big difference and Langer suggests opening yourself to the “impossible” and embracing the “psychology of possibility.” She says enthusiastically, “Pursuing the psychology of possibility is itself empowering. If you expect to look younger or more beautiful, you will!”

>>Read more in “Coif Your Morale” in the Fall 2011 issue of GLOW Beauty Magazine.

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